Karnataka PSI exam scam: CID quizzes senior IPS officer again
The Criminal Investigation Department (CID) of the Karnataka police on Thursday carried out fresh interrogation of senior state IPS officer Amrit Paul in connection with a scam in the recruitment exam for police sub-inspectors (PSIs) where over 40 candidates out of the 545 selected have been arrested for obtaining high marks through tampering of their Optical Mark Recognition (OMR) answer sheets.
Additional Director General of Police (ADGP) Paul was called in for questioning on Thursday after CID investigations that began in April into the PSI exam scam unravelled the modus operandi in rigging the exam which has now resulted in several arrests, including the top rank winners, policemen, agents, and exam centre staff who facilitated the scam.
The ADGP was the head of the recruitment cell for over two years and was transferred out of the cell last month after the CID probe into the PSI exam fraud revealed the integral role of the cell in the scam.
The CID earlier questioned the senior IPS officer in May about the recruitment process after the probe suggested the involvement of policemen at the recruitment cell in the scam, police sources said. A deputy superintendent of police in the recruitment cell, Shantaraju, has been arrested by the CID along with several other staff who were working at the recruitment cell.
The CID probe has found that staff at the recruitment cell accessed OMR answer scripts stored in a strong room in the cellar of the recruitment cell with impunity in the early hours of the day when no other staff were present in the cell or adjoining buildings. They allegedly turned off the CCTV cameras and gained access to the strong room where they removed answer scripts of candidates who had paid the network operators between Rs 30 lakh to Rs 80 lakh to score high marks.
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